Plastic bottles are turned into art in Galloway

‘Water: Illusions of Purity,’ by environmental artist Kate Dodd, is on exhibit at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College in Galloway Township.

Eco artist Kate Dodd uses plastic water bottles, the bane of environmentalists, to make a statement in her newest project, "Water: Illusions of Purity," currently on exhibit at The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township.

Viewers will get to meet Dodd during an artist talk 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, in the gallery.

Made of thousands of discarded plastic water bottles, the installation raises the question, "Is bottled water pure?"

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Dodd, who has created site-specific artworks and developed environmental design and community collaborations throughout the Northeast, wants viewers to think about that question as they view her work.

Water consumption on both a local and global level is a hot-button issue with environmentalists. Dodd also intended for the exhibition to question consumers' reliance on packaging as a source of purity. If the public tends to associate purity with nature, then is the notion of pure water reinforced through nature images on bottle labels? And in the pursuit of supposed "pure" drinking water, are we harming the environment by creating plastic bottle waste and using large amounts of energy and water in their production? Dodd asks questions like these in her exhibit.

Besides covering a large portion of interior gallery space, the installation continues out onto Lily Lake, where oversized sculptures of duck decoys made of plastic bottles float. Dodd says in her artist's notes that she hopes viewers reflect on the spectacle of plastic bottles vying for the same space as wildlife.

The Noyes is located off Route 9, south of Historic Smithville, at 733 Lily Lake Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. For information call 609-652-8848 or go to

Atlantic County

•Last day to submit entries for "The Simple Life Juried Art Exhibit," at Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton, is July 28. For fees and other information The exhibit runs July 30 through Aug. 28. An artist's reception will be held 6 p.m. Aug. 3. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited.

•"The Art of Line," exhibit of fine art, runs through July at Hammonton Arts Center, 219 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Also on exhibit throughout July is the photographic art works of Gary Moore, a member of Focal Point at the HAC. A special reception for Moore will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19. Go to

•Art by Doreen Khebzou is featured for the month of July at Atlantic County West Library in Hammonton. The art exhibits at the library change monthly and are curated by the Hammonton Arts Center. The library is located at 451 Egg Harbor Road. Exhibits can be viewed during normal library hours, Mondays through Saturdays. For more information go to

•Works by artist Susan Hanna Rau will be exhibited through Sept. 30 in "The Studio," on the second level dining room of Latz's By the Bay Restaurant, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point. Call 609-788-8838 or go to; or Great Bay Gallery at 609-653-4991 or

•The Noyes Gallery in Hammonton presents "Fiber Revolution: Botswana Collection & Kalahari Quilts," a travelling four-year exhibition from Botswana to America, on view through Aug. 11. Go to

• Art in the Park takes place 3 to 8 p.m. fourth Fridays through September on the beach behind Ventnor Library, 6500 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. Regional artists demonstrate, discuss and sell their work. Free arts and crafts booths for children, puppet shows, dance and music presentations.

•"Alley Art: Discovering Wabi Sabi" will be on exhibit at Great Bay Gallery, 829 Bay Ave., Somers Point, from July 25 through Sept. 1. A "Meet the Artist" reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3. The event is free and open to the public. Call 609-653-4991 or go to

•Currently on exhibit at The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 733 Lily Lake Road, in the Oceanville section of Galloway Township: "Water: Illusions of Purity - Kate Dodd," on view through through Aug. 26; "Enduring Brilliance: The Pastel Society of America at 40," on view through Sept. 2; "Toylanders," through Sept. 2; New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition, on view through Sept. 9; "Stan Sperlak: Into the Night," a solo exhibition of new pastel work, on view through Sept. 23. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission fees: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. Call 609-652-8848 or go to

•The exhibition "Works on Paper," is in residence at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Art Gallery through Aug. 16. The exhibit is from the Noyes Museum of Art's Permanent Collection and features 45 artists in a mix of intaglio, lithography, digital, serigraphy, chine colle, painting, handmade paper and mixed media. The gallery is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Admission is free. It is located adjacent to the Performing Arts Center on Stockton's main campus in Galloway Township. Call 609-652-4566.

•Nationally known watercolor artist Donna Elias will exhibit her "Great American Lighthouses Collection" and her "By the Seaside Series" in the Crafter's Village in Historic Gardner's Basin Maritime Park, 800 North New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City. Admission is free. Elias' shops are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Call 609-348-5826.

•The New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition runs through Sept. 12 at Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College, 733 Lily Lake Road, Galloway Township. 609-652-8848 or

•"Examining Themes of Racial Stereotyping: Black Sambo, Aunt Jemima, the Gold Dust Twins, Amos & Andy and Buckwheat," currently on display at the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville, free admission, donations accepted. The exhibit will become a permanent display. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays; closed Sundays and Mondays. Call 609-704-5495 or go to

Cape May County

•"Summertime ... and the livin' is easy," an exhibition of new paintings by watercolorist Marie Natale, will be on display July 26 through Aug. 28 at the Chalfonte Hotel, 301 Howard St., Cape May. A reception to meet the artist will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 29. The exhibit can be viewed daily 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The galleries and reception are free and open to the public. All works on view available for purchase.

•The St. Barnabas Art Group celebrates its 51st year with its annual exhibit and sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 4 and 5, on the grounds of Fury Feraco's home at 2723 Bay Drive in Fishing Creek, Lower Township. On exhibit will be multiple mediums of original art.

•SOMA NewArt Gallery presents "Somewhere, Beyond the Sea," new paintings by Victor Grasso, from Aug. 4 to Sept. 3, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 4. The exhibit represents new works by the Cape May County native. The gallery is located at 31 Perry St., in Carpenters Square Mall, Cape May. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Go to or call 609-898-7488.

•Ocean City Fine Arts League hosts "Everything Ocean City" art competition/exhibit through July, at the Arts On Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays throughout the summer. Call 609-814-0308 or go to

•Watercolorist Laurie Schiffelbein and photographer Anita Roth are the featured artists for the month of July at Harbor Gallery, located inside the Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave. The works of both artists are for sale at the gallery, and a portion of the proceeds support the Nature Center. Call 609-884-2736.

•SOMA NewArt Gallery presents three solo exhibits - Sean Taylor's "The Boxer and The Beauty Queen," Harriett Sosson's "On the Way to Cape May," and John Borrero's "Mythology, Fables and Fairy Tales," to July 29. The gallery is located at 31 Perry St., in Carpenters Square Mall, Cape May. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information call 609-898-7488 or go to

•The Lower Township Library will feature fiber works by Mary Stewart during the month of July. The library is located at 2600 Bayshore Road, in the Villas. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Call 609-886-8999.

•Ocean City Fine Arts League hosts a plein air art event along Asbury Avenue every Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m., through Aug. 8. Viewers can meet the artists and purchase artwork at the Arts On Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave. Call 609-814-0308 or

•"Child Prodigy: A diverse collection of artwork by Autumn de Forest" limited run exhibition opens at Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, Aug. 3 to 5. The artist will be at the gallery from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 3, 4 and from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 5. Call 609-368-7777 or go to

•The 50th Annual Boardwalk Art Show will be held from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. Aug. 3, 4, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 5, on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, featuring artists from across the country. All works are available for purchase. A commemorative painting created by local artist Nancy Palermo can be viewed at the Ocean City Arts Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., in the Community Center. For information visit or call 609-399-7628.

•Sculpture by South Jersey's Katherine Stanek, watercolors by Marcie Cooperman and oils by Dori Spector are on exhibit through summer at William Ris Gallery, 9400 Second Ave., Stone Harbor. Call 609-368-6361 or go to

•Rosalie Hettenbach is the featured artist in the newly renovated A Ca Mia restaurant, 524 Washington Street Mall in Cape May. Her exhibit of 29 oil paintings is on display through December. The public is invited to meet the artist at a free reception on Sunday, July 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 609-465-6008.

Cumberland County and West

•"Petite Moments," an international, juried, miniature art competition, will be on display at Gallery 50, 50 East Commerce St., Bridgeton, until July 27. Gallery 50 is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. The gallery hosts a watercolor workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 4. Class size is limited to 15 people. Cost is $50. To register call 856-575-0090 or go to

• Israeli artist Maureen Fain will conduct a watercolor painting workshop 1 p.m. Aug. 1, at Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties, 1015 E. Park Ave., Vineland. The workshop is open to the public and no experience is necessary. Cost is $10 and includes a light lunch. Reservations must be made no later than Wednesday, July 25. Call 856-696-4445.

•The works of Bridgeton artist Kurt Hansen can be seen in a front window of the Ashley McCormick Building, located at 40 East Commerce St., Bridgeton. The collection changes monthly, and all works are for purchase. Contact the artist at

Ocean County

•Gallery 100 Center for the Arts, located at 100 North Bay Ave., Beach Haven, spotlights works by local artists. The gallery is open daily, with extended hours to 10 p.m. on Thurdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Call 609-492-1330 or go to

•Gallery 1603, 1603 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City, exhibits new works from surf artist Julie Goldstein. The gallery also will host a Go Green! exhibition from July 26 to Aug. 7 to raise funds for the Plastic Pennies organization. A reception will be held from noon to 4 p.m. July 27. Call 609-494-1699 or

•Pine Shores Art Association's Art Patron Show and gala reception will be held 1 to 4 p.m. July 22 in the Stafford Fire House, 133 Strafford Ave., Manahawkin. The public can view the paintings in the gallery until the July 22 show. Hours are: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays.

•Teen Art Show: Own the Night, through Aug. 8, at Stafford Township Branch of Ocean County Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, photos, drawings, paintings. or 609-597-3381.

•St. Mary's First Annual Art Show/Sale takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 8, at St. Mary's Parish Center, Bishop Lane and McKinley Avenue, in Manahawkin.

•Pine Shores Art Association, 94 Stafford Ave., Manahawkin, weekly open studio sessions: Sundays: Portraits, 1 to 3 p.m.; Mondays: Portraits, 7 to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays: Artists Helping Artists, 7 to 9 p.m.; Wednesdays: "Do Your Own Thing" 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursdays: Life Drawing, 7 to 9 p.m. Call 609-597-3557 or

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